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2013 Database Awards: Most Ambitious, PlumX

Library Journal by Elizabeth Michaelson, November 7, 2013

The scholarly landscape is under­going vast changes, with open access revolutionizing how publishing happens and how quickly and easily patrons can access new information and thinking on various topics. Scientific writing is probably the best-known example, with services such as PubMed gaining great attention, but other fields, such as the digital humanities, are not far behind. Still, though, tenure and other professional recognition have tended to be based on traditional metrics such as the impact factor of the journals in which a scholar publishes. Plum Analytics, a company founded in 2011 by entrepreneurs Andrea Michalek and Mike ­Buschman, has started to change all that, leading to its nomination as most ambitious database by LJ’s reviews editor Henrietta Thornton-Verma.

Michalek and librarian Buschman led the team that developed ProQuest’s Summon discovery system; PlumX builds upon their information-retrieval expertise to help academics gather information on all kinds of scholarly activity—from papers in peer-reviewed journals to social media mentions—into a broader picture of an academic’s professional life. A subscribing institution can use PlumX in many ways, from vetting job applicants to forming a “big picture” of the institution’s research activity for funding purposes or to draw students, and individuals who create a profile will have the benefit of getting credit for many more types of work than was possible before.

Library Journal

Reference eReviews: PlumX

Library Journal by Bonnie J.M. Swoger, August 29, 2013

PlumX is an analysis tool aimed at helping libraries and research administrators understand the influence of their researchers’ work by using newer alternative metrics, called altmetrics, alongside traditional measures of research impact...

PlumX seeks to provide administrators with a bird’s-eye view of the influence of their organization or group by providing access to traditional citation metrics and newer alternative metrics in one interface...

PlumX may be of interest to academic libraries, special libraries, research support offices, and anyone seeking to better understand how the research output of their organization is being used.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

New Metrics Providers Help Keep Libraries in the Research-Tracking Game

The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jennifer Howard, June 3, 2013

Timothy S. Deliyannides is director of the office of scholarly communication and publishing at Pittsburgh and head of information technology in the library system there.
A critical part of the library's job is helping the research faculty "understand and be able to measure the impact of their works," he says. "And since much of their work takes place online now, and not just in the cited periodical literature, there are lots of new ways to measure their impact."
"It's really useful for representing the immediacy of impact that was hidden before," Mr. Deliyannides says. The Pittsburgh library has been fairly quiet about the experiment. "We're not really on a crusade to change any of the university's normal processes for tenure or review," Mr. Deliyannides says. "But we hope people will think of new ways to use this data. We do feel it's valid data and something that hasn't been gathered or reported before."

ASIS&T

Are Alternative Metrics Still Alternative?

ASIS&T Bulletin by Mike Buschman and Andrea Michalek, April/May 2013

It is not surprising that a metric created in the pre-digital world of the 1960s misses a lot of impact and usage. That failure does not make citation analysis inherently bad; it is still a useful tool. But, it does make it inadequate for a complete picture of the usage and impact both of research articles and other research artifacts. To create that complete picture, Plum Analytics studied all of the ways that research artifacts, from articles to videos and everything in between, are made available and used...
By capturing valuable metrics in all of these categories and creating a more complete representation of research and researchers, Plum is able to provide a more holistic picture than traditional citation analysis. While many will claim that these newer metrics are “alternative,” it is our position that all these metrics are anything but alternative. They are readily available, abundant and essential.

Library Journal

As University of Pittsburgh Wraps Up Altmetrics Pilot, Plum Analytics Announces Launch of Plum X

Library Journal, The Digital Shift by Matt Enis, Feb 5, 2013

Researchers have long contended with a problem with timeliness. Peer-reviewed articles are often published about a year after submission. Likewise, peer-reviewed articles that cite, praise, criticize, or discredit their work won’t appear for at least another year after that. As a result, there can be a lag of three to five years before citations begin offering enough information to indicate the effect that a given piece of research has had on a field. Even then, citations alone may not offer a complete view of the impact of that research. “Measuring the impact of research through the traditional methods—counting citations in published literature—is important, but it doesn’t tell the whole story,” said Timothy Deliyannides, Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing and Head of Information Technology for the University of Pittsburgh.

The Scholarly Kitchen

Altmetrics – Trying to Fill the Gap

The Scholarly Kitchen by Judy Luther, July 25, 2012

The most recent entrant in this arena is Plum Analytics, founded by Andrea Michalek and Mike Buschman, who were team leaders in the successful development and launch of ProQuest’s Summon. Andrea is building a “researcher reputation graph” that mines the web, social networks, and university-hosted data to map relationships between a researcher, his institution, his work, and those who engage with it.

Information Today, Inc.

Plum Analytics Maps Success in Open Access Scholarship

Information Today by Barbara Quint, June 28, 2012

According to Rush Miller, university librarian and director at the University of Pittsburgh, the Plum service will “work in tandem with traditional measures to assess the impact of Pitt research in non-traditional venues. These days scholars are no longer waiting to publish their research in formal publications. They’re using Twitter, social networks, blogs, etc. to publish research and thoughts as they occur. Plum will match Pitt’s researchers to their own database.”

Library Journal

Two Architects of Library Discovery Tools Launch an Altmetrics Venture

Library Journal, The Digital Shift by Michael Kelley, May 31, 2012

Two prominent veterans of the library vendor world recently launched a startup company which aims to capitalize on the rapidly flowering field of altmetrics... Altmetrics (short for alternative metrics) provides a new way to measure the impact of scholarly communication. Rather than rely solely on the traditional and slow measure of citations in peer-reviewed articles (the impact factor), altmetrics provides a complementary, instant measurement window that includes all Web-based traces of research communication. It pulls together all the usage data about each individual output a researcher has produced.

UKSG

Libraries: enacting change

Guest editorial by Plum co-founder, Mike Buschman, in UKSG eNews April 13, 2012

Academic libraries are inherently involved in the research creation process as well as the procurement and collection of research. Thus, they are uniquely positioned to affect change in order to provide science with more timely, open, and modern ways of scholarly communication.

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Mentions

Altmetrics as new indicators of scientific impact Journal of the European Association for Health Information and Libraries by Annarita Barbaro, Donatella Gentili, Chiara Rebuffi, Vol. 10, No. 1 March 2014


Data Innovation and Open Access Big Innovation Centre by Lucy Montgomery & Frances Pinter, Knowledge Unlatched 23 January 2014


Keeping Up With... Altmetrics ACRL Keeping Up With... by Robin Chin Roemer and Rachel Borchardt, January 2014


EBSCO Acquires Altmetrics Provider Plum Analytics TheDigitalShift by Matt Enis, January 15, 2014


Altmetrics: EBSCO Acquires Plum Analytics INFOdocket by Gary Price, January 15, 2014


Altmetrics in Context Canadian Association of Research Libraries by Pam King and Mindy Thuna, University of Toronto Mississauga Library, December 2013


from altmetrics to instant impact factor #futurescience20 Benchmarking e-goventment in web 2.0 by David Osimo, Dec. 27, 2013


What Can Article Level Metrics Do for You? by Martin Fenner, December 11, 2013


With altmetrics on the rise, the education community can capture insights into how pedagogy research is being used. The London School of Economics and Political Science Impact of Social Sciences, December 10, 2013


Reflections on the OAR Conference 2013 Australian Open Access Support Group December 9, 2013


Brace for Impact: New Means for Measuring Research Impact Presentation given at the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) Forum in Lousville, KY on November 18, 2013 by Mary Ellen Sloan, Middle Tennessee State University


Open Access MegaJournals – Have They Changed Everything? Creative Commons by Peter Binfield, 23 October 2013


What Can Article-Level Metrics Do for You? PLOS Biology by Martin Fenner, October 22, 2013. 11(10): e1001687. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001687


Four Things You Can Do To Extend the Impact, Reach, and Longevity of Your Research Data Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America by Leslie Hsu, Volume 94, Issue 4 (October 2013)


Measuring Altmetrics: The Network and Scholarly Publishing PWxyz The news blog of Publishers Weekly, Peter Brantley, October 15th, 2013


‘Plum’ming the Depths of Altmetrics: OCLC and Plum Analytics Strike a Deal Information Today by Marydee Ojala, October 7, 2013


ULS: Meeting needs of users in the electronic age University of Pittsburgh, University Times September 26, 2013


OCLC WorldCat Search API Integrated into PlumX Dashboard Unlimited Priorities September 24, 2013


Altmetrics and Other Novel Measures for Scientific Impact by Martin Fenner, September 15, 2013


Monitoring and promoting the impact of pedagogically related scholarship Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education by Adele J. Wolfson, Megan A. Brooks, Alana L. Kumbier, Deborah A. Lenares, doi:10.1002/bmb.20730, preprint available Published online 10 Sep 2013


Impact: no longer a dirty word? Queen Mary, University of London Blog by SarahM on Fri, 2013-09-06


A Look at Altmetrics and Its Growing Significance to Research Libraries by Emily Puckett Rodgers and Sarah Barbrow, The University of Michigan University Library, August 27, 2013 (Download PDF)


Research impact: Altmetrics make their mark Nature by Roberta Kwok, 500,491-493(2013) doi:10.1038/nj7463-491a, Published online 21 August 2013


Institutional Altmetrics and Academic Libraries Information Standards Quarterly by Robin Chin Roemer and Rachel Borchardt, Summer 2013, 25(2): 14-19. (Download PDF)


Altmetrics in Evolution: Defining & Redefining the Ontology of Article-Level Metrics Information Standards Quarterly by Jennifer Lin and Martin Fenner, Summer 2013, 25(2): 20-26. (Download PDF)


Consuming Article-Level Metrics: Observations and Lessons Information Standards Quarterly by Scott Chamberlain, Summer 2013, 25(2): 4-13. (Download PDF)


Quantifying Scientific Productivity Kelly Lab | Evolutionary & Behavioural Ecology Blog by Clint Kelly, July 24, 2013


Altmetrics: A 21st-Century Solution to Determining Research Quality Online Searcher by Stacey Konkiel, July / August 2013 Issue


Research Impact: Beyond Citation Counts Oregon Health & Science University Blog June 20, 2013


Metrics 2.0: who will be the ‘Google of altmetrics’? BMJ Web Development Blog by Claire Bower, Digital Comms Manager, 14 Jun, 13


Reforming bibliometrics with altmetrics and Mendeley data Swets blog 7 Jun 2013


Reforming research assessment eLIFE by Randy Schekman and Mark Patterson, May 16, 2013


Riding the crest of the altmetrics wave: How librarians can help prepare faculty for the next generation of research impact metrics preprint on arxiv.org by Scott Lapinski, Heather Piwowar, and Jason Priem


A vision for a better future – using new tools of openness and transparency to improve the scientific process Reciprocal Space by Stephen Curry, April 22, 2013


Track research impact, use altmetrics! shazino by Astrid Pellieux, April 18, 2013


Challenging, cajoling and rewarding the community for their contributions to online chemistry Slide presentation by Antony Williams at ACS New Orleans, April 17, 2013


Article-Level Metrics -- A SPARC Primer SPARC by Greg Tananbaum, April 16, 2013


#altmetrics 101 and why you need to know about them Slide presentation by Michelle Dalton, University of Limerick, April 15, 2013


Altmetrics and open access: a measure of public interest Australian Open Access Support Group by Pat Loria, 12 April 2013


Plum Analytics Launches PlumX Advanced Technology Libraries, March 2013


Altmetrics: Rethinking the Way We Measure Serials Review by Finbar Galligan and Sharon Dyas-Correla, Volume 39, Issue 1, March 2013, Pages 56-61


Altmetrics and Evaluating Scholarly Impact: What’s out there and how can we participate? Kevin the Librarian blog of Kevin Read, Medical Librarian, March 9, 2013


The new metrics cannot be ignored – we need to implement centralised impact management systems to understand what these numbers mean LSE Impact of Social Sciences by Pat Loria, March 5, 2013


Research Methods: Altmetrics Evidence Based Library and Information Practice by Virginia Wilson, Vol 8, No 1 (2013), Accepted 8 Feb. 2013


Navigating the altmetrics maze Euroscientist February 4, 2013


Ask the Chefs: What Are STM Publishers Doing Wrong? the scholarly kitchen January 16, 2013


some bibliometrics Clari's Blog December 19, 2012


Altmetrics por todas partes CEU Library blog November 22, 2012


Overview of the altmetrics landscape Charleston Conference talk, by Richard Cave, November 10, 2012


Article Impact (ALM and altmetrics) Charleston Conference talk on Article-Level Metrics and altmetrics for publishers and librarians, by Richard Cave, November 7, 2012


U of Pittsburgh Chooses Plum Analytics Advanced Technology Libraries September 2012


The Changing Face of Journal Metrics Elsevier Editors' Update by Mike Taylor and Judith Kamalski, 30 Oct 2012


Alternative metrics Nature Materials editorial published 23 October 2012


Scholarly metrics with a heart by Pedro Beltrao, November 06, 2012


Trip Report: PLOS Article Level Metrics Workshop and Hackathon Paul Groth, VU University of Amsterdam, November 1 – 3, 2012


Altmetrics: an App Review Presented at OCLC Innovation in Libraries post-conference event, LITA Forum 2012, by Stacy Konkiel


Article-level metrics: which service to choose? BMJ Web Development Blog by Claire Bower, October 26, 2012


Protagoras Meets Plum Analytics presentation by Gordon Mitchell, October 15, 2012


Plum Analytics: a new player in the field of altmetrics? BMJ Web Development Blog by Claire Bower, September 28, 2012


Researcher Graph Helps Academics, Institutions Understand Works' Influence semanticweb.com by Jennifer Zaino, July 18, 2012


Assessing Scholarly Impact JoelGehman.com March 23, 2012


Plum Analytics: “kind of like Nielson ratings” for academic research launches Alpha Technically Philly March 14, 2012


Plum Analytics disrupts academic traditions with metrics that create fast track to prestige Flying Kite March 13, 2012